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Jun 4, 2019

Research News Roundup-May 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research- and research education-related news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to additional resources of relevance. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo experts to present findings at Digestive Disease Week [...]
Research News Roundup-May 2019
Jun 3, 2019

Hear from the experts on hereditary amyloidosis

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in your bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Hereditary amyloidosis (familial amyloidosis) is an inherited disorder that often affects the [...]
Hear from the experts on hereditary amyloidosis
May 31, 2019

Mayo Clinic practice transforming research at AcademyHealth's #ARM19

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting, June 2-4, 2019, in Washington, D.C., showcases "Today's research driving tomorrow's outcomes." It is an ideal venue to share research findings from across the continuum of health care delivery. The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery drives practice transformation at Mayo Clinic. [...]
Mayo Clinic practice transforming research at AcademyHealth's #ARM19
May 30, 2019

Mayo Clinic orthopedist shares perspective on regenerative medicine

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Regenerative science has advanced next-generation technologies from the research bench to potential clinical care options. But in the rigorous development of patient therapies, it is critical to validate the safety and efficacy of regenerative solutions. Shane Shapiro, M.D., medical director of the Regenerative Medicine Therapeutics Suites on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, encourages patients [...]
Mayo Clinic orthopedist shares perspective on regenerative medicine
May 29, 2019

Celebrate World No Tobacco Day -- Learn About the NCI Cancer Center Cessation Initiative at Mayo Clinic

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
The World Health Organization recognizes Friday, May, 31, as World No Tobacco Day – the perfect time to celebrate Mayo Clinic’s participation in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Cessation Initiative.  Launched in 2017 as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot program, the long-term goal of this initiative is to help cancer [...]
Celebrate World No Tobacco Day -- Learn About the NCI Cancer Center Cessation Initiative at Mayo Clinic
May 29, 2019

Sudden Cardiac Death: Defining the Risk for Surviving Relatives

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Barbara Toman A young person's sudden death from cardiac arrest is doubly devastating. Just when family members are mourning the unexpected loss, they might also be wondering if tArhe cause was inherited heart disease — and if they too are at risk. Often there's no easy answer. Unlike certain cancers with [...]
Sudden Cardiac Death: Defining the Risk for Surviving Relatives
May 28, 2019

Telerehabilitation improves quality of life for patients with late-stage cancers, reduces costs

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
A new study suggests that remotely delivering rehabilitation services to patients with late-stage cancer improves their physical function, pain and quality of life while allowing them to spend less time in hospitals and nursing homes. The results of a randomized clinical trial with 516 participants, led by Andrea Cheville, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physical [...]
Telerehabilitation improves quality of life for patients with late-stage cancers, reduces costs
May 21, 2019

A pregnant pause

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
In many states, women can expect pregnancy to restrict their advance directives. Search online for what to do when getting ready for baby and you’ll find endless checklists of essentials every parent needs, from onesies and diapers to high tech strollers and baby monitors. The best lists also mention an important legal document that expectant [...]
A pregnant pause
May 20, 2019

Leading and learning in neurological research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo shares neurological research and advancements at AAN meeting Among more than 15,000 attendees at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4-10, Mayo Clinic had a strong presence. Mayo scientists and clinicians led 38 courses and gave 84 lectures at the world's largest gathering of neurologists. Nearly 60 Mayo [...]
Leading and learning in neurological research
May 16, 2019

Brain MRI may be overrated in deciding about valve surgery

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Blood clots moving to the brain are a frequent -- and dangerous -- complication for patients with endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's inner lining that can damage heart valves and contribute to the formation of blood clots. As many as 80 percent of endocarditis patients [...]
Brain MRI may be overrated in deciding about valve surgery
May 14, 2019

Mayo Clinic SPARKs applause at Florida school district's Academy Awards

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Lights…camera…action! Mayo Clinic and its successful research mentoring program, known as SPARK, took center stage at the St. Johns County School District Academy Awards on April 2. The awards recognize members of Florida’s business community for opportunities and resources they provide to area high schools through St. Johns Career Academies, [...]
Mayo Clinic SPARKs applause at Florida school district's Academy Awards
May 9, 2019

How can we get better outcomes for our patients? Research.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, every project is inspired by real-world challenges experienced by patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. Together with Mayo Clinic's health care providers, center experts research ways to improve outcomes for patients across [...]
How can we get better outcomes for our patients? Research.
May 7, 2019

Rare, undiagnosed diseases are relatively common

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
As many as 25 million Americans – about 1 in 13 people - suffer from a rare, undiagnosed condition.* April 29 was designated Undiagnosed Disease Day to raise awareness that collectively, rare diseases are relatively common. People with a rare disease often spend years visiting different medical providers and clinics [...]
Rare, undiagnosed diseases are relatively common
May 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic introduces new fellowship programs

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and the Division of Transfusion Medicine have launched two new graduate medical education fellowship programs — one in cellular therapy and one in clinical informatics. These programs are two of nearly 300 residencies and fellowships in Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical [...]
Mayo Clinic introduces new fellowship programs
May 2, 2019

Trailblazers

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Between 1889 and 1926, Mayo Clinic had appointed 11 women physicians to the staff. By 1935 only one remained. No more were added until 1948. Today Mayo Clinic has 9,555 living female alumni (physicians and scientists) around the world. Join us in celebrating the early women physicians and scientists who [...]
Trailblazers
May 1, 2019

Research News Roundup-April 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo Clinic, other experts call for urgent focus on brain disease that mimics Alzheimer’s In collaboration with the University [...]
Research News Roundup-April 2019
Apr 30, 2019

Emoji prove effective for monitoring cancer patients' health

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Life is complicated; a cancer diagnosis compounds that complication. When physicians find ways to help ease the complexities of a patient's treatment, it's a win. Mayo Clinic researchers recently used emoji to help patients measure their overall well-being during treatment. The study used two scales — a mood scale and an [...]
Emoji prove effective for monitoring cancer patients' health
Apr 25, 2019

For Dr. Joy Wolfram, the future of cancer treatment is in the (nanoparticle) details

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Being named to a Forbes Magazine list probably isn't on the radar of many researchers, especially those just starting their careers. But Mayo Clinic's Joy Wolfram, Ph.D., has found herself in that situation after earning her way onto the publication's annual list of "30 under 30." The magazine describes this group of list-makers [...]
For Dr. Joy Wolfram, the future of cancer treatment is in the (nanoparticle) details
Apr 23, 2019

Testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen The use of microbiome testing – which analyzes the trillions of bacteria in and on the body – is on the move. It’s going from the research lab into the clinic to help guide patient care. DNA testing technologies have revolutionized [...]
Testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease
Apr 18, 2019

Research driving improvements in the health care experience

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Experts in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery collaborate within Mayo’s medical practice to rapidly discover solutions to the most pressing problems in health care, and to find ways to improve the health care experience. Addressing disparities in [...]
Research driving improvements in the health care experience
Apr 16, 2019

Meet the Investigator: Yi Lin, M.D. , Ph.D.

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, hundreds of researchers dedicate their professional lives to reducing the burden of cancer. Each one has a unique story. In this video, Yi Lin, M.D., Ph.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, talks about her cellular therapy research. This article was originally published in [...]
Meet the Investigator: Yi Lin, M.D. , Ph.D.
Apr 15, 2019

Culturally relevant health app shows positive impact

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Mobile apps are popular sources of fast and easily digested consumer health information. But can they actually help in measurable ways to make you more healthy? [...]
Culturally relevant health app shows positive impact
Apr 11, 2019

Researching the immune system to provide relief from autoimmune encephalitis

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Shuronda Hester had just started college and was looking forward to a new chapter in her [...]
Researching the immune system to provide relief from autoimmune encephalitis
Apr 10, 2019

Genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Stephanie Van Doren never realized that taking 30 mile bike rides in the Florida heat was putting her life at risk. But, care for digestive problems also uncovered that she was at risk for an aortic dissection, a [...]
Genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection
Apr 8, 2019

The newest building block for understanding rare disease

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
One of the basic building blocks of understanding disease is epidemiologic research. In this science, researchers seek to understand how often a condition occurs in a particular population, and to identify successful ways to treat or prevent disease. In a study published April 8 in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a team of [...]
The newest building block for understanding rare disease
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